Tottenham still focused on Premier League title after winning at Palace
Tottenham four points behind Chelsea ahead of the north London derby against Arsenal
April 27th, 2017
Mauricio Pochettino is hoping that his team’s outstanding home form will see Arsenal beaten in the derby, something that will take Spurs into an unassailable advantage over their north London rivals this term.
However, the bigger prize is the Premier League title and Tottenham are four points behind Chelsea with a better goal difference after landing a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.
Christian Eriksen scored the second-half winner against the Eagles and know hope they can beat the Gunners along with Chelsea slipping up at Goodison Park.
Ultimately, Spurs could be a point behind the Blues after this weekend’s action, with Pochettino delighted with his team’s application in south London as they resisted everything that was thrown at them.
“We are showing that we learned a lot from last season as a team,” said Pochettino.
“That is so important because improving on last season was a big challenge, a massive challenge. One area that was key for us to improve was in our mental attitude, and the team are now showing we are ready. We are ready this season to fight and, next season, we’ll be even better. We are in a very good way to develop our philosophy.
“Last season was good, if you remember, but it looks like we are better, more mature. We didn’t concede a chance in the second half. Yes, the team are showing great maturity and you can see that you can trust [them]. It’s not about sending a message to Chelsea.
“It’s more about us building confidence, building faith that we can win, generating that winning mentality. That’s the only way. Now we have five games ahead, a very exciting period, and an exciting weekend ahead.”
“The possibility of finishing above Arsenal is not a motivation or a distraction,” Pochettino said. “We are just focusing on trying to beat Arsenal. What happens at the end of the season, we’ll see. We’ll have time to speak then, but the focus is on winning the next game.
“We know what Arsenal means, this game, for our fans. But we are not thinking about being above Arsenal. Our challenge now is to try and reduce the gap to Chelsea again and think about bigger things than only to be above Arsenal.
“To win big trophies and achieve big things, your mentality must be bigger than that. You must think about bigger dreams. Big dreams. It’s important to have them.”